An integral part of an incentive itinerary is being able to provide winners with a once-in-a-lifetime experience; a view of the destination not available to regular visitors and tourists. This is at the very centre of our product design and we are always looking for new, exclusive experiences to add to our “arsenal” of ideas, making Metropolitan DMC one of the most forward-thinking and innovative event companies in Greece.
Ancient Greek Rowing
The trireme was an ancient vessel, a type of galley used by the ancient maritime civilizations of the Mediterranean, especially the Phoenicians, ancient Greeks and Romans. The Athenian fleet was comprised of 300 – 400 of these 70-ton, 40-metre warships, making it the most powerful ancient city-state to rule the Aegean.
The trireme needed 170 men, one man for each oar, to operate it. The amazing thing about the Athenian triremes was that rowers were free men – not slaves – and came from all social strata: the rich and poor rowed alongside each other. For the Athenians, this was an extension of their democratic beliefs. Quite a revolutionary idea for the times! Most of the rowers (108 of the 170), due to the design of the ship, were unable to see the water and therefore, rowed blindly. Coordinating the rowing required great skill and practice.
We believe this is the very essence of teamwork: a group of people/colleagues working together in perfect coordination, toward a common goal. What better way to drive this message through, than an exclusive sail of this legendary ship, by and for company employees?
We are very proud to have been granted permission by the Hellenic Navy, to charter the “Olympias”, a perfect replica of an ancient Athenian trireme, for corporate events! We are thrilled to bring this unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience to our clients.
Athens Vintage Bus Ride
Two brothers, determined to keep the family legacy alive, have for the last few years dedicated their free time and savings to refitting public buses that were taken off the streets between the mid-80s and early 90s.
These beautiful vehicles feature vintage wooden seating and original 60s design. They include a 1966 Scania 28seater, a 1970 Mercedes 30seater, a 1961 Mercedes/Biamax 31seater to name a few. All vehicles are fully insured.
A ride in these adds a touch of class but also fun to a transfer, either as a published feature of the itinerary, or choreographed to take winners by surprise, with their regular vehicle “breaking down” and everyone being picked up by a vintage bus that just happens to be in the vicinity.
Using these vehicles represents a CSR event as charges will be in the form of a donation to keeping this legacy of Greek civic history alive.
Mini Olympic Games in the Marble Stadium
The Panathenaic Stadium is a classical cultural monument of Greece, a venue for noble competition and fair play of mind and body, since antiquity. It was built for the 1896 first modern Olympic Games, the finishing point for the Marathon in Athens 2004 Olympic Games as well as being the spot from which the Olympic Flame begins its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games around the world.
The event is a fulfilling activity inside an Olympic site with all the ideals of the Olympic Games, providing the chance for teamwork, responsibility & most of all fun. The activities include classic Olympic events such as sprint, relay race, shot put, javelin, long jump as well as tug-of-war.
The main aim is to highlight the importance of teamwork, commitment, communication & achievement
The Lighthouse Venue, at the top of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Foundation
Located near the sea, 10’ drive from the centre of Athens, the brand new Stavros Niarchos Cultural Centre houses the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera, tucked beneath a new 170,000-square-metre sloping park and beside a 400-metre-long rectangular lake.
The opera and library complex overlooks a plaza dubbed the Agora, a tribute to the beloved Ancient Greek market place, while the Lighthouse, a 900 m2 glass shell observatory with indoor & outdoor areas offers unobstructed views of the city and sea.
This breathtaking venue symbolizes the pinnacle of achievement & success for winners.
Four Seasons Astir Palace – opening May 2018
Astir Palace Vouliagmeni is a hospitality market leader with a history of over 50 years during which it became a world renowned luxury destination. In preparation for the Hotel’s rebirth as the new Four Seasons Astir Palace Hotel Athens, more than EUR 100 million is being invested. The facilities will be completely state-of-the-art, and include the latest green technologies, including energy conservation and bio-climatic living quarters.
J. Allen Smith, President and CEO, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts said “The Hotel’s location offers a unique combination of seaside tranquillity and easy accessibility to Athens city centre, making it an ideal destination for leisure and business travellers year round. We look forward to working with Astir Palace to introduce Four Seasons to Greece, creating a world-class hospitality experience characterised by product of the highest calibre and customised Four Seasons service.”
Features will include approximately 300 rooms, suites and luxury bungalows; spa and recreational facilities; state of art conference and event spaces; infinity pools; beaches; a unique beachfront promenade; and more. With interiors designed by Meyer Davis Studio, the concept draws heavily on inspiration from the beauty of the surrounding environment and local culture, embodying a contemporary yet timeless luxury design ethos with unique attention to detail, and establishes a connection to the property’s history. Select food and beverage outlets, conceived by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, will introduce new culinary dining concepts of local and international cuisines.
Destination Resource Management
A Destination Resource Management Company is a newly coined term to define MICE professionals who have taken destination management to a higher level.
Companies that, with their in-depth knowledge of a destination, experience & expertise in orchestrating the best of all local resources & infrastructure, refine the process and create exceptional events that support clients’ objectives at all levels from concept to fulfilment.
The DRM Company fully understands the clients’ goals & endeavors to achieve them, keeping the customer’s interests foremost at all times.